Bird Box (2018) Review

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Bird Box (2018) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on December 26th, 2018 | Movie Review | Survival, Psychological, Wilderness, Thriller, Single Mom

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It's a Lovecraftian thriller about a woman and two kids trying to seek refuge from a malevolent force.

Bird Box was directed by Susanne Bier and stars Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, Sarah Paulson (from American Horror Story), John Malkovich (from Shadow of the Vampire), Jacki Weaver (from Haunt) and rapper Machine Gun Kelly (from Viral). 

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Bird Box is basically a reboot of The Happening with a sprinkling of A Quiet Place, Cargo, World War Z and 28 Days Later.

The Happening: Wind and leaves chasing people

A Quiet Place: A family trying to survive with a sensory disability

Cargo: A single parent on a post apocalyptic journey

World War Z: The entire first scene

28 Days Later: The exact same grocery store scene, all the way down to the dad having fun with all the free booze.

I really liked all of these movies so naturally I liked Bird Box as well. The premise is intriguing in that you don't know what the threat is, why it's doing what it's doing or how to stop it. Characters get plucked off at random so you're never sure who's going to last and there's a number of unexpected kill scenes that help keep the movie from being pulled into a full on drama (there's a LOT of crying in this one).

Overall, it's a survival thriller where a group of people have to work together to fight a common threat, which includes fighting members of their own group.

I likened it to The Happening, but it's actually way better in most every way. There's more mystery, more action, a more interesting cast of characters and a welcomed lack of resolution.

Worth Watching?

If you're cool with Lovecraftian movies and open-endings than yes. Most of the gripes I've read about Bird Box center around these two things. I personally felt these were what made it exciting.

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